This is the vocal point of the East London based company, Microphonic Limited. Originally founded as a record company, that core activity has temporarily taken a back seat while I service, repair and PAT test professional audio equipment. Here you can discover the daily rants and raves of Colin Bird and what my take is on everything happening in and around my business adventure.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Sony and the rootkit - know your digital rights
As the season of goodwill approaches many people will be thinking of handing out CD's to their friends and relatives - but BEWARE...! you might be handing someone a computer security risk without knowing. One that doesn't ask your permission to be installed, won't be detected by your normal security software and one that is almost impossible to remove without starting from scratch. Sony have sold CD's with whats known as a 'rootkit' software which will install their 'Digital Rights Management' protocols onto your PC when you insert the disc (whether you want it or not). For full info on this developing saga check out the Sony Rootkit Roundup: Part I, Part II, Part III. To see how some people are standing up for their rights click here.